Ralph Hasenhuttl's Saints revolution started yesterday with the opening of the summer transfer window.

The Saints boss has already revealed his desire of wanting to add to his squad.

In part two, Adam Leitch takes a look at what Hasenhuttl may want to do in the middle of the pitch and at his attacking options.

Central midfield

This looks an area where you are probably trying to lose players rather than sign them.

There is an argument that it would be good to get competition for Oriol Romeu in terms of a defensive, holding midfielder as none of the others can play that role as effectively.

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However, this again falls into priories.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is an important player and obviously a mainstay for next season, but there is an argument for selling Mario Lemina.

There is no doubting his quality but his inconsistency over the past two years has been frustrating. His regular absences have meant Saints have had to learn to cope without him, and so if he were to go it wouldn’t be a huge miss.

He is a player who would have a decent sale value and if that money can be reinvested in the squad then it’s one Hasenhuttl has to weigh up.

Jordy Clasie is back again after a loan spell but with a year left on his contract you would think he will move on for a nominal fee or just another loan until he leaves on a free.

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Whether Hasenhuttl thinks Harrison Reed can do anything for him after another learning season out at Blackburn could be key, as is how he sees Callum Slattery.

If any of those realistically make the step up as far as Hasenhuttl is concerned then it’s an area Saints could profit in.

Attacking midfield

An area for potential improvement, but with plenty of options already in situ, so wheeling and dealing might be required.

Hasenhuttl has already spoken of how Player of the Season Nathan Redmond is somebody at the heart of his plans.

The improvement of James Ward-Prowse suggests he will also be a key figure next season.

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After that everybody else looks like much more a fringe player.

Hasenhuttl needs both wide and more narrow options to operate the various different formations he wants and therefore he may look to boost his ranks to add quality.

Much will also depend on how he sees the decent number of players he has at his disposal, none of whom have made a particularly strong case for themselves.

There is an argument to be made that both Stuart Armstrong and Moi Elyounoussi deserve more time to prove themselves in the Premier League after just a year in the division.

But whether Saints and Hasenhuttl will remain that patient, particularly with Elyounoussi, remains to be seen, and what his resale value might be a year after a £16m move is also a potential financial issue.

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Josh Sims has again produced those fleeting moments that suggest there is something there, but once more not quite taken a further chance when handed it. Tyreke Johnson provides an option as the promising youngster.

Sofiane Boufal is intriguing. Having been sent away on loan he could return, but is that really what Saints need?

If Hasenhuttl can harness his attacking power then, the argument goes, it means Saints don’t need a new player in that role. The jury is really out on that though.

Then there is Jake Hesketh who, at 23, needs to play. His loan spell at MK Dons has worked out well but unless Hasenhuttl thinks he can get in the first team quickly then it might be time for him to move on.


Getting goals from the recognised strikers has proven difficult for the majority of the season.

Both Danny Ings and Shane Long have had periods where they have delivered, but that has really been about it.

This is one area of the team that surely has to be a top priority, especially as, given Hasenhuttl’s fluid formations, somebody with pace, skill and the ability to score in this area could be used a little deeper too if required.

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We can surely assume that Ings stays when his move is made permanent, as does Long.

Hasenhuttl wants pace up front and likes Michael Obafemi and so there is a clear role for him. Marcus Barnes is another youngster waiting for a chance.

Charlie Austin looks surplus to requirements and would undoubtedly get game time elsewhere. There would be a market for him whereby Saints could likely recoup their £4m so that makes sense all round.

Sam Gallagher hasn’t made an impression and so it looks like it’s time to move on unless Hasenhuttl sees something else.

Then there is Guido Carrillo. The forgotten man. Saints’ record signing hasn’t set the world alight in Spain but has, by all accounts, been steady enough.

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He doesn’t honestly look like the type of player Hasenhuttl would want but, again, how do you get rid of him without losing too much money on the deal?

To find a club who will pay him the wages Saints guaranteed him until 2021 when they splashed out more than £19m on him 18 months ago is also a serious issue.

It is a rather typical example of the difficult juggling act Hasenhuttl has to perform this summer.